The wonderkid factory that is Envigdo FC saw its exciting prospects flourish in 2029 as, free from the shackles of continental football, a young team dominated Colombia's Finalización stage. But the hard work began now.
The absence of continental football had seen Robinho Lazaró's Envigado FC return to the upper echelons of Colombian football, finishing second in their Apertura post-season group. And Lazaró was excited to see if his promising homegrown squad could continue to flourish.
Robinho Lazaró came into his eighth season as manager of Envigado FC with the board's full backing despite a couple of tricky seasons and failing to qualify for continental football for the first time in five years.
The summer of 2027 saw significant change at Envigado FC as club icon James Rodríguez retired from football on a high aged 35. He was joined in leaving by stalwart midfielder William Hurtado, which saw manager Robinho Lazaró turn to his exciting young academy prospects.
The brutal nature of the Colombian football season had seen Envigado FC play 38 matches at the halfway mark of the 2025 campaign. Robinho Lazaró's young squad was exhausted, so he gave them a week off training between the Apertura and Finalización stages.
Robinho Lazaró and his young Colombian superstars paraded the Liga BetPlay Finalización trophy through the streets of Envigado as they celebrated the club's first-ever piece of silverware with their adoring fans.
Midway through his third season, Robinho Lazaró was loving life at Colombian wonderkid factory Envigado FC. His team was packed with promising youngsters and two stellar youth intakes gave the club's fans plenty to get excited about in the future, even if they couldn't be bothered to come and watch the team.
The depth of talent at Envigado FC could not be argued against. Robinho Lazaró's young charges qualified for Copa Libertadores for the first time in club history by winning the Liga BetPlay Finalización league stage in 2023 - but, crucially, not the playoff stage that sees the trophies handed out.
Robinho Lazaró massively exceeded all expectations in his first season at the helm of Colombian wonderkid factory Envigado FC. His massive overachievement saw one of Colombia's top teams Junior FC offer him an interview in the summer of 2022, which he swiftly rejected.